Posts Tagged ‘Suffering’

What to Do When You Need God but Cannot Find Him

What is it like to be in the desert and to feel like God has abandoned you? Katherine Wolf knows exactly how that feels. After being paralyzed by a brain stem stroke and almost losing her life, Katherine and her husband were left with so many questions. Is it a  mistake that I’m still here? Has God abandoned me? In the years that followed her brain rupture, Katherine explains that her questions were slowly replaced… … Continue reading

The 5 Songs You Need When Tragedy Strikes

It seems like one thing after another these days. If it’s not an earthquake or a hurricane then it’s a shooting. There is a tragedy all around us. In these moments, we cling to our faith more than ever. These things are the hard reminder that this broken world is not our home. Music can bring truth and hope to our souls when we need it most. These songs have helped us and maybe they… … Continue reading

Helping Kids Cope with Cancer in the Family

My children loved watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood on TV and if I’m honest, his quiet deliberate way of talking about life had a calming effect on me, too. The former Presbyterian pastor’s warm smile, compassionate heart and friendly puppets were convincing to viewers that he, indeed, did “like you just the way you are.” ​But in June of 1990, when I was 36 and our daughters 8, 10 and 12 were no longer Mister Rogers’… … Continue reading

6 Key Things to Do When Your Spouse Is Going through a Difficult Time

When Bo was in prison and I (Gari) was dealing with serious illness, we needed to encourage and support each other because we were both in a tough place. As a man, Bo sometimes needed support in different ways than I needed as a woman. In our book, Grace Behind Bars, we both write about our journey. Following are some keys we would like to share for getting through difficult times. 1. When your husband… … Continue reading

8 Songs That Will Help You in the Middle of Suffering

You love the music and we know how powerful it has been in our own lives. So, we’re leaving you with songs that the Lord has used in middle of our own circumstances. Put them on repeat. Think on these lyrics. Keep them in your playlist for when you have bad days. We hope they remind you you’re not alone, God can work good from your circumstance, and that staying close to God can make… … Continue reading

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

To start off the World’s Biggest Small Group, Wally shares how this question kept him from following God for a long time. He shares how he wrestled with it and the powerful conclusion he came to. One of the biggest questions that holds people back in their faith is, “If God is good, why do bad things happen to good people?” Truth be told, this very question kept me estranged from God for many years. What… … Continue reading

Joni Earekson Tada Introduces the World’s Biggest Small Group 2016 !

If you’re going through one of the darkest or most confusing times in your life – or walking alongside someone else who is – this study is for you. Joni Earekson Tada felt like this. That’s why we’re thrilled to have her share her story and introduce this topic to you in a very special video.   This October, the World’s Biggest Small Group is wrestling with suffering we don’t understand and how it intersects with… … Continue reading

Four Ways to Respond When Healing Doesn’t Happen

My husband’s sister died of breast cancer when she was just thirty-six. I was pragmatic about her diagnosis at first. I was a nursing student back then, and I knew the statistics: most people do survive cancer. At first, it seemed my sister-in-law would be a survivor. The cancer was treated and wiped out. But it came back, and then it metastasized. The blow of this was long and crushing, and it seemed to come… … Continue reading

Enduring Through Suffering

How often do we put time constraints on how God can work in our lives? I do this all the time and just realized that I even put restrains on how long I will “allow” Him to let me suffer. We KNOW from the Bible that suffering will be a part of our journey. We KNOW that the Christian life is not easy, however we never expect that it will be in God’s plan for us… … Continue reading